By Walter Sorochan
Posted August 03, 2010; Updated July 23, 2013. Disclaimer The information presented here is for informative and educational purposes only and is not intended as curative or prescriptive advice.
The real causes of Lupus [ systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) ] are controversial and unknown. Lupus is not fully understood and there is controversy about it. Lupus is recognized as an autoimmune disease that may be controlled. Lib Med: SLE But there are times when a lupus person loses control and the lupus condition gets worse and one feels ill. This is referred to as a "lupus flare up."
It takes some kind of trigger to set off a flare:
Lupus recognized since 1948: "One of the best papers on systemic lupus erythematosusis is by Ayvazian and Badger (1948). They describe three cases of nurses who were literally vaccinated to death. The authors surveyed a group of 750 nurses who trained at a large municipal hospital between 1932 and 1946, and detailed the cases of three nurses who were vaccinated with a multitude of vaccines over a period of time and developed and succumbed to disseminated lupus erythematosus." Read more about this bizarre incidence: Scheibner: adverse effects of vaccines
These are things that one can control to prevent/minimize lupus flare ups:
Bacterial Infections: There is new research that may link lupus to bacteria and viruses. This opens a new window of research into the possible causes of lupus and opportunities in dealing with lupus.
A lupus flare up may give clues as to the reason for the flare up. Some good common sense helps. A lupus person may come in contact with persons infected with bacteria; and get infected. This may increase the white cell count and cause a minor lupus flare up. [ references below support this contention ] Flare up symptoms may be readily overlooked and misinterpreted. Such background information may be critical to prescribing therapy.
"Active lupus and an infection may share many symptoms. Furthermore, infection can induce a lupus flare or be difficult to distinguish from a lupus flare. A low white blood cell count is suggestive of active lupus (although certain viruses can also give a low white count) while a high count suggests infection." Low white cell count
What to do?
Suggestion: Consult with your lupus doctor, get blood and urine tests and and try the simple and obvious first.
Bacteria may be the reason for a flare up! "When your white count is low, consider additional personal hygiene measures to reduce the risk of infection. Examples of these could include:
Restoring a flare up?
Here is an example of restoring a lupus flare up:
NOTE: Dr. Noe has overlooked the two most important nutrients ... vitamin D and magnesium! [ per Walter Sorochan ].
Environmental hazards such chemicals and EMF
Lack of vitamin D and other nutrients
Exercise tunes up the appestat in the brain that, in turn, regulates body metabolism. Physical activity also releases endorphins that make one feel good.
Stress and Rest:
Emotional stress can trigger a flare up. Learning stress coping skills can help to manage stressful situations. Rest and sleep can be a part of stress management. Sleep can help to recharge the brain. Think of the brain as a battery that needs to be charged up. A rested brain gives the body new pep and energy.
There may be more factors, but if a lupus person pays attention to these BIG eight, then the chances are in favor of controlling flare ups and being able to live an active and a long and healthy life.
Collectively, the goal should be to bring about an alkali body , and restoring the blood pH to about 7.3 [ normal ].
The symptoms can slowly go away and the lupus person can go into remission and feel better. Staying in remission requires a lupus person to have superb discipline to manager her/his life. Managing a lupus life needs constant 24/7 vigilance and total control to maintain a healthy body. The key is preventing a lupus flare up in the first place; such as eating a constant diet that maintains an alkali body, and having a constant body supply of antioxidants to prevent the accumulation of free radicals [ this requires a daily healthy diet ]. A good manager schedules time for all eight preventers each day! There is no shortcut to keeping lupus under control.
Eating a natural healthy diet is most essential in keeping lupus under control. Avoid processed foods, preservatives, sweets, corn syrup and other synthetic foods. Healthy food isn't why we consumers dine out. Get your vitamins, minerals and amino acids from natural foods. Nutritional supplements may be fine but the research on just how much of the supplements are actually absorbed into the blood stream remains a mystery. Research on lupus and nutrients is skimpy at best . Weak health Research
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Dong Juan, et la., "Initial Presentation of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus Masquerading as Bacterial Meningitis," JABFP, November–December 2001 Vol. 14No. 6. Dong: meningitis
Hasty, Susan E., Publisher and staff, "Bacteria May Trigger Disease Symptoms," Women's Health Weekly, March 20th, 1995. Hasty: bacteria may trigger
"Low White Count: Overview," Diagnose me.com, Jul 20, 2010. Low white cell count
"Active lupus and an infection may share many symptoms. Further, infection can induce a lupus flare or be difficult to distinguish from a lupus flare. A low white blood cell count is suggestive of active lupus (although certain viruses can also give a low white count) while a high count suggests infection."
Lupus Foundation of America, "Understanding Lupus," Understanding Lupus
"Lupus Research Institute investigators connect bacteria, viruses, sunlight, and more to disease start and flare," May 28, 2008. LRI: bacteria may be linked to lupus
Oz, "Dr Oz: The Unexpected Diseases Men Get: Lupus & Breast Cancer," By admin, July 15, 2010. Oz: Lupus
Noe Jody, "Lupus," Mother nature.com Noe: Lupus
Reinberg Steven, "Stomach Bacteria Might Trigger Rheumatoid Arthritis," Executive Health, Bloomberg Business Week, June 17, 2010. [ combination of genetics, environment caused mice to develop disease ] Reinberg: R Arthritis
US National Library of Medicine, "Systemic lupus erythematosus," Lib Med: SLE
Wong Cathy, "Natural Remedies for Bacterial Overgrowth," About.com Guide, July 23, 2007. Wong: bact overgrowth
Zhang W, Reichlin M., "A possible link between infection with burkholderia bacteria and systemic lupus erythematosus based on epitope mimicry," Zhang: bacteria with lupus link "These data support our hypothesis that the origin of anti-dsDNA antibodies in SLE may be associated with burkholderia bacterial infection."